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Josh Hockemeyer is one of the newest members of the Michigan State University brass band. The 2012 graduate of Carson City-Crystal High School plays alto saxophone for the band. — Courtesy photo

CC-C graduate playing for MSU brass band

Josh Hockemeyer is one of the newest members of the Michigan State University brass band. The 2012 graduate of Carson City-Crystal High School plays alto saxophone for the band.

Dave Leonard, left, and fellow Tinker’s Folly member Alan Billingham perform a set at River Rock in St. Louis during open mic night. — Courtesy photo

Hurdy gurdy man brings 1,000-year-old instrument to life

Written and recorded in 1968 by folk artist Donovan, “Hurdy Gurdy Man” remains one of the most recognizable songs of a generation. Yet many have no idea what, precisely, a hurdy gurdy is, or why someone would employ one to sing songs of love. Like the instrument itself, the precise history of the hurdy gurdy is largely unknown, locked away in time’s immutable amber. Scholars contend it existed prior to the 11th century and is generally thought to have originated in either the Middle East or Western Europe.

Karen Morales, left, along with Darlene Harkrader, center, and Linda Pastor help keep the Arms of Love Secondhand Store and Hands of Jesus Food Pantry up and running. The pantry services the needs of hundreds of area families each month, operating on an all-volunteer basis. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Arms of Love sale funding Greenville food pantry Wednesday through Sunday

When the Hands of Jesus food pantry first opened its doors just over 13 years ago, Karen Morales’ charitable effort was no more than a small, spare room serving the needs of three area families. Like a mustard seed in fertile soil, however, that modest undertaking quickly grew, filling a need many weren’t even aware existed. Now, Morales’ all-volunteer pantry, which she manages with her sister, Darlene Harkrader, helps feed hundreds of needy families each week. That number is only growing larger, Morales said.

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Coral family of eight loses home to Sunday morning fire

A Coral family is being helped by members of the close-knit community after losing almost everything in a Sunday morning house fire. Alfred and Kari Hadrich smelled smoke around 9:45 a.m. and found a fire in a back corner of a downstairs bedroom. They made it safely out of the home, along with their six children, who are ages 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 14, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Monday, Jan. 14, 2013.

The 57 Brew Pub and Bistro offers as many as eight to nine beers on tap for customers who visit the Greenville restaurant. — Daily News/Cory Smith

57 Brew Pub & Bistro’s beer and food resonating with customers

In the few short months it has opened its unique business in Greenville, the staff of the 57 Brew Pub & Bistro are making sure they stay true to what customers are looking for in its beer, food and service. The restaurant, located at 1310 West Washington St. (M-57) officially opened its doors on Nov. 1, 2012, to offer a variety of foods, signature beers, club membership and a fun and classy environment. Robert Olsen and Dorothy Brydges-Olsen are the owners of the 57 Brew Pub & Bistro, which sits where J.R.’s Roller Castle was once situated.

Storme Fleet, 14, is pictured with his sister, Brittnay, 22, and the family dog, Minnie. Storme and his family have benefitted from the support of the Tri County Area Schools community after Storme was diagnosed with metachromatic leukodystrophy, chronic thyroiditis and Type 1 diabetes. — Courtesy photo

Basketball game Jan. 18 to benefit Tri County teen with terminal illness

To say the Fleet family has been through the fire over the past few years would be an understatement. Randy and Shawn Fleet of Sand Lake are the parents of six children, Jessa, 26, Erin, 23, Brittnay, 22, Dakota, 20, Randi, 16, and Storme, 14. The active family loves to play sports together and is a tight-knit clan.

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Funeral Notices – Jan. 12, 2013

Read the funeral notices for Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

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State Rep. Rick Outman sworn in to House after re-election

State Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took the ceremonial oath of office Wednesday as a state representative in the Michigan House. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley administered the ceremonial oath in the Capitol in Lansing. Outman is serving his second term and represents the 70th House District, which includes all of Montcalm County and part of Gratiot County.

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Greenville car thieves sentenced to jail time

Two young men from Greenville were sentenced to jail time Thursday for breaking into local vehicles. Christopher Brimmer, 22, and Brandon Smith, 18, previously pleaded guilty to larceny from a motor vehicle. They were originally charged with larceny from a motor vehicle and breaking and entering a motor vehicle to steal property from $200 to $1,000.